Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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School Club Links

School-Club links aim to create many opportunities for young people to take part in sport inside and outside of school.

Formal links between sports clubs and schools can be a great way to encourage children to continue playing sport after school and also create a pathway toward competitive and elite sport.

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council can support the formation of a school-club link which we see as a mutually beneficial partnership between a school and community club. Numerous definitions of school-club links are available. Effectively, the purpose of a school-club link is to provide a pathway from school sport to community (club) sport, to enable young people to actively engage in sport in both environments as participants, volunteers, coaches and/or officials.

Please email [email protected] if you require any more information or help setting up school club links.


Benefits for Clubs

  • More young people in the club.
  • Increased participation in the club.
  • Opportunity to identify talent of the future.
  • Potential access to school facilities.
  • Raised profile within the sport.
  • Raised profile within the community.
  • Financial opportunities.
  • Opening up club access to wider community.
  • Increase the potential of new volunteers.
  • Co-operation, support and resources.
  • Pool of young leaders, coaches and officials.

 

What to do if you are a Club

1.

Propose the idea to the club committee.

2.

Address key questions at the time of committee meeting: Is the club committee interested in setting up a school-club link? Why do you want to develop a link? Which schools do you wish to target? Do you already have contact with these schools? Who from the club will lead on the link? What are you able to offer the school? i.e. taster sessions, specific club night?

3.

Contact target school(s).

4.

Arrange a time to meet up and put your plan in action.

5.

Complete the School -  Club Link Agreement Form.

6.

Monitor the number of young people joining your club from different schools.

7.

Keep a register of the number of young people attending the club sessions.

For more information or to become a part of the School - Club links, please contact Sport and Leisure Development via email: [email protected].

 

Benefits for Schools

  • More active and healthier pupils.
  • Raised profile within the community.
  • Increased funding opportunities.
  • Community Links – social benefits.
  • Pathways for sport – easy exit routes for children into on-going involvement.
  • Increased standard in school teams.
  • Recognition as an institution that supports development beyond the school environment.
  • Support and assistance with extra-curricular teams/activities.

 

What to do if you are a School

1.

Propose the idea to the PE department.

2.

Address key questions: Is the PE department interested in setting up a school-club link? Why do you want to develop a link? Which clubs do you wish to target? Who from the school will lead on the link? What are you able to offer the club i.e, facilities and signposting.

3.

Establish if your targeted club provides a suitable environment.

4.

Contact your local club.

5.

If the club is interested in setting up a link, arrange a time to meet up and discuss: The effectiveness of links will be down to the commitment of people involved. It is vital that both school and club are committed to a link and that you are in regular communication.

6.

Put your plan into action and complete the School-Club Link Agreement Form.

7.

Monitor the number of young people joining the club from your school: Keep a register of the number of young people attending the sessions.

For more information or to become a part of the School - Club links, please contact Sport and Leisure Development via email: [email protected].

 

Benefits to Young People

  • New opportunities and introductions to new sports.
  • Developing confidence and life skills.
  • A link to a local community club to continue their participation.
  • Safe environment to develop their interests.
  • Social hub outside of the school environment.
  • Provides a transition and familiarisation as they move to a club.
  • Access to high quality, sports specific coaching.